This year's Laughlin River Run was somewhat strange-well, a little stranger than usual. We first noticed the crowds were way down in numbers from previous years. It was also hard to ignore the price of gasoline out here in SoCal-it's astronomical-especially out on the lonely I-40 east where high test was right at $4 a gallon. Another reason this event seemed strange was due to the cost of a room in any of the hotels that line Casino Drive. Hotels were charging upwards of a $100 a night for a room, with a three or four night minimum. These rooms ordinarily fetch for $39.95 a night any other time of the year. A few people we talked to before heading out to the river said they had definitely had enough. Other folks we talked to out there said the prices were getting out of hand, but they still wouldn't miss Laughlin for the world.
As usual there was a vendor area in every casino parking lot. Just walking through each row in every lot took the better part of two days, and that's without stopping in every booth. Some booths attracted more attention such as Billy Lane's or Arlen Ness' booth. Arlen caught people's attention with his electric bike on display. Matt Hotch was in front of the River Palms with a crowd at his booth every day. At the far end of the drive, the Riverside Casino featured the demo rides and H-D exhibit outside the fence, while Performance Machine and Drag Specialties anchored the area inside the fence.
One of the most enjoyable trips to take while in Laughlin is the water taxi that runs up and down the Colorado River, stopping at each casino on the water. Not only will the taxi save your tired feet, but the cool breeze that comes over the water is quite refreshing after trekking the length of town. Enjoy the photos and see you next year.